RIP Challenge III

I was just looking at my bookshelves and realized that I have three books that simply must be read that qualify beautifully for the third annual RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings.

The challenge is simply to read books in the mystery, thriller, suspense genres between September 1 and October 31. You can choose Peril the First (four books), Peril the Second (two books), or Peril the Third (one book). I’m choosing Peril the Second, and my plan is to read at least two of the following (although I really want to read all three):  (Edited to add: I ended up reading four books, so I completed Peril the First. Yay!)

  1. Touchstone by Laurie R. King (completed September 22)
  2. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (completed October 4)
  3. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (completed October 6)
  4. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox (completed October 13)  

I’m hoping to read all three by the time the challenge ends. I picked up Touchstone at the library several weeks ago, and I can’t renew it anymore. I’m a big fan of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books and have enjoyed all her standalone novels as well, so I’ve been planning to read this one for some time. I can’t bear to take it back to the library unread, so to the top of the TBR it goes.

I’ve had The Meaning of Night on my shelf for a couple of months, and I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the sequel, The Glass of Time, through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. These books look like they’re right up my alley–dark Victorian mysteries reminiscent of Wilkie Collins. What could be more fun? (Besides actual books by Wilkie Collins.) The Glass of Time is due to be released on October 13, and I’m hoping to have a review ready by then. (Nothing like being ahead of the curve.)

So what books send chills down your spine? What kinds of mysteries keep you up late reading because you can’t stand the suspense? Do you like detective fiction? Gothic? Ghost stories? If you’re looking for thrills this fall, come join the challenge!

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4 Responses to RIP Challenge III

  1. Amanda says:

    Nice! I didn’t even think of The Meaning of Night for this challenge. I even own it! Although my husband snagged it to read before I could get to it so that might be the reason. I can’t wait for your upcoming review!

  2. Carl V. says:

    Great, I am so glad you are joining in. I’m excited to check out Michael Cox, and author that I have not heard of. Your comparison to Wilkie Collins definitely has my attention and I’ll be looking forward to your reviews on these books.

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  4. Jenny says:

    Argh! I read tons of thrillers and horror this summer, and now I’m in the mood for something else. Ah well, you win some, you lose some. :)

    I loved Touchstone. Very interesting stuff. Looking forward to your reaction!

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